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'Beautiful Little Soul': Therapy Bunnies Help Alzheimer's, Dementia Patients 20.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It sounds almost too hopping cute to be true, but Teddy the therapy rabbit's first job was tending to his little sister Lulu. Lulu is the most recent addition to Minnesotan bunny enthusiast Jennifer Smith's multi-rabbit household. The animal had been left in a cardboard box next to a dumpster on a cold night this past winter. "A woman saw the box and opened it to find a beautiful rabbit freezing to death," Smith says. Lulu was brought to a local animal shelter, where -- against all odds -- she survived. Smith adopted her soon after that, but the rabbit clearly wasn't well, and Teddy was determined to help. "Our tiny house rabbit Teddy Graham would spend his days lying next to her pen. He rarely left her side," she says. "Lulu just laid there in her sick, broken kind of way. Teddy went right up to her and started kissing her face. ...Teddy saved Lulu, and Lulu adores Teddy for his devotion to her." Teddy Graham and Lulu. Photo credit: Jennifer Smith As of early August, Lulu and Teddy Graham are able to ...
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Are Burgers Really Destroying the Planet? Kip Andersen Thinks So 20.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
What if environmentalists are ignoring the largest contributing factor to global climate change? It's a provocative question sure to offend the sensibilities of those who view themselves as staunch defenders of the planet. But Kip Andersen's Cowspiracy asks it plainly and offers a series of startling answers. From methane to water consumption and rampant deforestation, the film suggests taking every car off the road won't reverse the environmental impact caused by humanity's reliance on animal agriculture. According to the film, 660 gallons of water are needed to produce a single pound of beef. This sounds outlandish until advocates from the beef industry combat the number with their own absurdly high figure: 441 gallons. In an editorial dismissing Cowspiracy, Amanda Radke of Beef Magazine, who admits to not even watching the film, claims that the amount of water required to make a T-shirt is over 200 gallons higher. What she doesn't offer is a defense of the idea that people consume a new T-shirt with ...
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Remembering Tyke, Rebellious Circus Elephant, And Her Tragic Death (GRAPHIC VIDEO) 19.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Mention “Tyke the elephant” to anyone who lived in Honolulu 20 years ago and chances are they’ll shake their head and talk about what a dark moment it was in their city’s history. Tyke, a 20-year-old female African elephant, was in Honolulu with Circus International. On August 20, 1994, during the show, Tyke entered the ring at the Blaisdell Arena, kicking around what looked to audience members like a dummy. “We thought it was part of the show ,” one witness told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. They soon realized the supposed dummy was a severely injured groomer. Panicked, audience members fled for the exits. Tyke went on to fatally crush her trainer -- who was trying to intervene -- before fleeing the arena herself. For nearly 30 minutes, Tyke ran through the streets of the Kakaako neighborhood’s business district at rush hour, nearly trampling circus promoter Steve Hirano when he tried to fence her in. It was a foot chase between her and the Honolulu police, who eventually shot her 87 times before she ...
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Vandana Shiva’s Crusade Against Genetically Modified Crops 19.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Early this spring, the Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva led an unusual pilgrimage across southern Europe. Beginning in Greece, with the international Pan-Hellenic Exchange of Local Seed Varieties Festival, which celebrated the virtues of traditional agriculture, Shiva and an entourage of followers crossed the Adriatic and travelled by bus up the boot of Italy, to Florence, where she spoke at the Seed, Food and Earth Democracy Festival.
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People In North Texas Just Adopted More Than 2,200 Animals In One Day 19.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Post by City of Arlington, TX - Animal Services . All in all, "Empty the Shelter Day" was a huge win in many ways, said both organizers and participants. Not only did the event help to increase the visibility of animal shelters in their communities, but — given that overcrowding is an especially urgent problem in shelters during the summer — it was also critical in the saving of many, many lives. KXAS-TV reported, for instance, that one participating shelter, Dallas Animal Services, was euthanizing 50 to 60 animals every single day this summer because it simply didn't have space for them; on Saturday, however, the shelter found homes for 149 of its 150 animals . The day's success could perhaps be best summed up in a photograph posted by the Texas chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, one of the event’s co-sponsors, at the end of the adoption effort. “Look at those empty kennels,” the organization wrote on Instagram. “#emptytheshelter...#savealife.” Encouraging pet adoption by ...
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Meet The 'Zombie Chicken' That Apparently Made It Out Of A Freezer Alive 14.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Kat Gullahorn didn't even want the chickens to begin with. About a year ago, one of Gullahorn's neighbors just outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, decided it was time to kill his birds. "He chose to use a BB gun and shot the chickens in the heads," she says. He gave two to Gullahorn and her husband, Evan, who wrapped them in plastic bags and stuck them in the freezer to de-feather and otherwise deal with later. But what happened next, she says, caught Evan by surprise. About a day later, he opened the freezer and found one of the chickens still in repose, while the other was sitting there, looking "fully alive, very cold, and pissed off," Gullahorn wrote in a June 2013 Facebook post . Evan was surprised, says Gullahorn -- and a little stymied. What does one do with such an animal? Evan holding the "blind undead guard chicken." Photo by Kat Gullahorn Gullahorn, with her daughter and husband, let the chicken into the yard and tried to feed her some corn meal while they considered the bird's future. The family ...
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Dog Tries To 'Save' Fish; The Internet Melts A Little Inside 14.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When a video of a dog seemingly trying to rescue some fish -- by splashing water on them -- began making the rounds this week, netizens everywhere let out a collective “ aww .” (Watch the video, above, to see why.) Though we’d love to believe the cute pup is showing a whole lot of compassion for his floundering friends, it’s possible the dog isn’t doing that at all. As many skeptical Redditors have pointed out, the pooch may actually be trying to bury the fish with the water. Addressing the question of why a dog would try to bury anything with water, Redditor "munificent" said: “My dog has done the ‘bury with nose thing’ on a bare carpet floor, on top of a bed, and on hardwood floors. … Once she tried to hide a toy by burying it under a sleeping baby.” After watching the clip via Buzzfeed, a Facebook user noted the following: "A dog does not understand that a fish needs water to breathe . ... People need to stop putting human emotions onto animals." Last year, an animal behavior expert said something ...
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Why business needs to view farm animal rights as a green issue 11.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The president of the Humane Society of the United States talks about how his organization is pushing corporations to change their practices.

Why business needs to view farm animal rights as a green issue
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The 'Pig Rassle': A Good Church Fundraiser, Or Downright Inhumane? 9.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Does it look to you like the pig is having a good time here? As of Friday afternoon, some 45,000 people who think this is no positive porcine experience have signed a Change.org petition calling for a Catholic church in Wisconsin to nix this year's "pig rassling" contest. The event is scheduled for Saturday and is part of a weekend-long, annual fair-cum-fundraiser for the St. Patrick Parish in the town of Stephensville. According to the petition, pig wrestling -- an activity which has long drawn criticism from animal lovers -- involves animals being "punched in the face, kicked, body-slammed, jumped on, yelled at and thrown into a bucket" by five or six people at a time. The petition says this is a violation of the state's animal cruelty law. “Absolutely not. Absolutely, totally wrong. They aren’t put in a bucket. They aren’t put in anything. They are not punched, kicked,” Ken Bilgrien, a deacon with St. Patrick, told a local Fox affiliate . “These young girls that end up face down in the mud -- I swear ...
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Does The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act Violate Activists' Freedom Of Free Speech? 8.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
According to the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act , videotaping any livestock operation without consent can be considered an act of terrorism. Unsurprisingly, many animal rights activists have vehemently protested the law since it passed in 2006. Sarahjane Blum is one of those people trying to change the law. Blum, along with attorney Shayana Kadidal, joined HuffPost Live on Thursday to talk about Blum's lawsuit to abolish the law, Blum v. Holder, which contends that the law violates the First Amendment. Kadidal is the managing attorney for Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative. "The law is really designed to chill this type of activism," Kadidal told host Alyona Minkovski . "It's an attempt by agro business and other well-heeled corporate interests in this country to influence one side of this political debate." Catch the rest of the clip above, and watch the entire HuffPost Live conversation here . Sign up here for Live Today, HuffPost Live's new morning email that will let you know the ...
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Supreme Court Asked To Weigh In On Law That Could Erode Free Speech Rights 8.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The following story was reported by Capital and Main and published here in collaboration with The Huffington Post. Sign up here for email updates from Capital & Main. On Monday, the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a request to the U.S. Supreme Court for judicial review of Blum v. Holder , a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act . The request , and the history that led up to it, provides a glimpse into the ways in which the free speech rights of political activists continue to be eroded as a result of the defining legal and constitutional framework of our era, the “War on Terror.” The brainchild of the American Legislative Exchange Council , the AETA was crafted as a direct response to the extraordinary success of an animal rights campaign called Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC). SHAC had effectively employed what its members believed to be legal, constitutionally protected activity to disrupt the business practices of a notorious animal testing ...
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Corporate Victory Will 'Screw' Local Farmers as Amendment Passes in Missouri 6.8.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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This Adorable Baby Sea Lion Needed Help, So It Hopped On A Surf Board 6.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Stephanie Schechter was having a pretty ordinary spring day, up until a sea lion pup jumped up onto her surfboard. It was early April, and after class at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the student and model grabbed her longboard, which is painted to look like a watermelon, and headed to the stretch of beach behind campus. It's pretty common for Schechter to see a variety of animals while surfing there -- like dolphins, which "get so close to the surfers that they brush beneath our feet," she says. "When the water is clear, I can see beautiful fish, rays, and sharks -- usually the kind that don't bite. One of the most breathtaking sights is to watch migrating whales pass through, but usually they're pretty far out to sea." It's not even that odd to see seals and sea lions. "But it is rare for them to hop up on boards!" says Schechter. This one didn't just hop up. The pup, which may have been abandoned by its mother and was in need of care, snuggled up close. "I knew she must have been ...
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Kids Get Governor To Increase Penalties For Animal Abuse. This Is How Government Should Work 5.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The youth of today! They're pretty great for animals, if what just happened in Illinois is any indication. Three third-graders from the Chicago suburbs were the force behind a new law that increases penalties for animal abuse . The Chicago Tribune reports that Brooke Martin, Claire Hackmann and Maddie O'Dell became animal welfare activists after reading a book about two kids who rescued a puppy from a puppy mill. The three almost immediately got political: they contacted their state representative, gave a school presentation, collected signatures from other students and community members, then -- as could happen with any bunch of grade-schoolers, really -- testified before the Illinois House Agriculture and Conservation Committee. House Bill 4410 passed both houses in May , and Gov. Pat Quinn (D) signed the bill on Saturday at the no-kill shelter PAWS Chicago . The law raises the fine for a first violation of the Animal Welfare Act from $200 to $500 and a second violation from $500 to $1,000. A third ...
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Extinction Sucks 5.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Earlier this year, comic book superstar artist Phil Jimenez teamed up with a little-known writer, but big time animal rights activist, Scott Lope for a special, best-selling, two-issue story in Marvel Comics' The Savage Wolverine series. Since then, as any keen observer can tell you, these crazy cool "Extinction Sucks" tees started popping up everywhere. I spoke to Mister Lope about his passion, what the campaign is about, where you can support the cause, and get one of these nifty tees. What is the Exctinction Sucks campaign about and how did you get interested? The Extinction Sucks campaign is basically an awareness campaign aimed at educating/informing the public about the ongoing massacre of elephants for their tusks (ivory) and rhinos for their horns. As an animal advocate it really scares me when people hear about the poaching crisis and simply shake their head and say oh that is terrible and never think any more of it. I wanted a way to catch people's attention and truly understand the seriousness ...
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Dog That Walked 30 Miles To Get Rejected By Owner Now Getting 5-Star Treatment And New Home 3.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Ma Kettle is an arthritic senior Lab who walked 30 miles to try to get home -- only to be rejected by her former family once she arrived . The dog had seen a country song's amount of sadness already. Ma Kettle's previous owner -- who called her Lady -- died in 2012, leaving her homeless. She was adopted out of the Chautauqua County Animal Shelter , in Kansas, but then given away again for not getting along with a new puppy. She escaped her third home, and walked back to the family with the puppy, but the journey ended with her being sent back to the shelter -- and then this heartbreaking Facebook post: Post by Cindy Barclay Powell . Her life has since become a fairy tale. Ma Kettle's story went viral , catching the attention of an animal-loving heiress -- who has now whisked the dog off in a private plane to Tampa , where she'll live in an 11,000 square foot home on 100-odd acres, with a whole menagerie of furry rescue companions. On the private jet. Photo credit: Chet Ragsdale The doggie's name is now ...
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The Zoo Of The Future Has No Cages -- And Looks AMAZING 2.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Imagine a mirrored pod that takes you down a river, so you can see elephants who (hopefully) don't even realize they're in a zoo. Like it? You'll want to go visit Denmark's Givskud Zoo in a few years, because according to the Danish press it is becoming “the world’s most advanced zoo." Credit: Bjarke Ingels Group They're calling this project " Zootopia ," and the architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group says in the mission statement that the goal is "to create the best possible and freest possible environment for the animals’ lives and relationships with each other and visitors." This includes a cornucopia of big changes: Plans for an overhaul of the attraction would let visitors check out the animals from those unobtrusive pods in the water or from pedal-powered ziplines. Buildings will be hidden in the landscape, there'll be a 2.5-mile hiking trail, and instead of cages, animals will live in a somewhat free-roaming environment where natural barriers like waterways and changes in elevation will keep them ...
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PETA Will Help Detroiters Without Water, But It Wants Them To Go Meatless First 30.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA , has reached out to aid needy Detroiters who had their water shut off due to outstanding payments . But one stipulation in the group's proposal to help has added another element of controversy to the already tumultuous situation. PETA wants beneficiaries to kick their meat-eating habits to the curb. The advocacy organization has offered to pay one month's water bill and provide a basket of vegan food for 10 Detroit residents who, in return, agree to go vegan for one month, CBS 62 News in Detroit reported. But not everyone is pleased. The proposition -- which media outlets have called "tone deaf" and "patronizing" -- is receiving criticism for attempting to appear compassionate while putting its own agenda before the dire situation in Detroit. One Twitter user said PETA's backwards way of helping only hurts the organization's mission: Campaigns like this and its exclusionary/elitist attitude are veganism's worst enemies. http://t.co/4dCWAv42Hy — Mary ...
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Clearcutting the California Dream 29.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In 1988-1989, I was a visiting professor of environmental studies at Humboldt State University in northern California. By then I was convinced that large farmers and large companies were responsible for most of the country's environmental wounds. My years with the US Environmental Protection Agency had taught me of the intricate legal schemes corporations insert into the country's laws to force the government to do their bidding. In addition, I witnessed the corrosive and debilitating effects of corporate power on the EPA. The industry even recruits members of Congress and the White House staff to make its agenda the government's agenda. But nothing had prepared me for the dark world of tree-killing culture of Humboldt County where Humboldt State is located. Some of my colleagues, especially Bill Devall and Rudi Becking, helped me face America's Third World lurking all around the university. Bill Devall and Rudi Becking taught respect for the natural world. They highlighted the science that helps us ...
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This Critically Endangered Baby Rhino Is An Adorable Addition To A Species In Need 24.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This sweet little rhino is not only impossibly cute, he's also critically endangered. Born on July 12, the black rhino calf, who doesn't have a name yet, is a "significant birth," according to staff at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park . Zoo spokesperson Ina Saliklis tells HuffPost she's not sure when it will happen exactly, but "hopefully he will be named soon." Photo credit: Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Safari Park “Poaching is the main reason why the numbers of black rhinos are on the decline,” Julie Anderson, a San Diego zookeeper, said in a blog post on the zoo's website . “Any birth here at the Park is an important birth, and we have been very fortunate to have a newborn baby here at the Safari Park.” Indeed, poaching has done a real number on the tiny population of rhinos living in the wild -- and that number is 1,004 . That's how many rhinos, black and white, were killed last year in South Africa alone, according to a government statement. 2013's killings were almost double the number of rhinos killed in ...
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